A group of old university friends travel to Unst to celebrate the marriage of one of their friends to a Shetlander. But late on the night of the wedding party, one of them, Eleanor, disappears. The following day, Eleanor's friend Polly receives an email. It appears to be a suicide note. And then Eleanor's body is discovered, lying in a small loch close to the cliff edge. Detectives Jimmy Perez and Willow Reeves are dispatched to investigate. Before she went missing, Eleanor claimed to have seen a ghost. Her interest in a ghost had seemed unhealthy to her friends. But Jimmy and Willow are convinced that there is more to Eleanor's death than they first thought.
©2014 Ann Cleeves (P)2014 Isis Publishing Ltd
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Thought I'd give this a go after listening to some other Ann Cleeves books which were very good.
Compared to my usual twisted complicated plots this made a pleasant change and I did enjoy it. Narrator was easy to listen to, story was ok, did start to understand the characters - but not sure if it would have helped if I'd have listened to others first but still enjoyed the listen.
Good story. Lovely atmosphere. Draws you in. Well written. Good characterisation. Excellent narration. Good pace to the story. Good on detail but no irrelevancies.
Loved him. Excellent
Mystery in the Shetlands
"D.I.Jimmy Perez: sharp sighted as a skua"
This is Number 6 in Anne Cleeves' Shetland Mysteries, but is also a stand-alone story. If you haven't listened to the others, or you've been watching the excellent Shetland series on television written by Anne Cleeves, you'll probably want to go back to the other five.
A group of southerners - the three women close friends since university days - have come up to Shetland to celebrate Caroline's marriage to a Shetlander. Eleanor is excited: as a tv film director, she's intrigued by the story of the ghost of Peerie Lizzie, the little girl who drowned in the treacherous waters when the young woman looking after her is preoccupied, and she's sure she's seen the little girl in a white dress mysteriously disappear as soon as she watched her. General celebration quickly changes to shock, fear and mystification as Eleanor is found dead, her body arranged as though modelled for an artist to paint. D.I Perez, a Shetlander with his own tragic back-story, comes to investigate.
It's an extremely intricate plot (with more deaths) fleshed out with a large number of fully realistic characters and complex families which hold you in suspense right the way through - and right to the very end. What's so special about these Shetland Mysteries is Shetland itself so beautifully conjured up. The close-knit community cut off far from the Scottish mainland can hide secrets; storm petrels whirl and skuas dive for new-born lambs; the sound of the crashing of the sea is relentless... but most of all is the fog. Just like the investigation, it swirls, clears for a short while, then returns to blot out all vision as eerily as the unfolding layers of the story.
The narrator Kenny Blyth has a difficult job with the accents. He's totally convincing with the Shetlanders, but with the various Southern accents he seems unconfident and I found that the narration sounded wooden at times as a consequence. It was alright, but not top class.
Don't let that put you off - This Air is satisfying and rewarding and certainly keeps you guessing!
Amongst the favourites to be listened to again at a later date.
Jimmy Perez because he can be objective and observant.
The right accent and tone for the story, excellent narration.
It kept me interested in the story, did not make me emotional.
An excellent story with brilliant narration. Hurry up with the next in the series please.
I enjoyed the story very much, it's very atmospheric, set in the Scottish islands amidst the fog. The narrator is brilliant and very good at changing from the Scottish accent to the English. He also made it easy to distinguish the characters by the different voices.
I think this is overall, a very good book and I will enjoy listening to it again in the future.
"Transports the listerner to Shetland."
Well written, great, well drawn characters and full of atmosphere. I had a real sense of Shetland throughout. Narration was excellent too.
I'm not sure I would reccomend it. The story is probably a good one, but the narrator's voice, especially when taking on the female roles, sounds a little "pantomime dame"
Only the ones that I've previously returned.
Really disappointed in this book. It is really slow, but I'm not sure if this is the story or the narrator. I'm struggling to keep at it, as I do have others to listen to. I will however, try to stick with it, although it has put me off both the author and the narrator.
Returning this unfinished. I don't like the narrator's accents and the story isn't capturing my imagination. Refund requested.
Another great book by Ann Cleeves and Kenny Blyth makes all the characters so live .
I will be looking out for the next one now !!!
Audiobooks are such a good invention !! Thanks for the listen !!!
"Well crafted credible tale."
Very well crafted story. Really nice synthesis of people place and plot.
Story believable throughout and good to see the supernatural element being used as a story enhancing tool rather than the story itself.
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